Hill section of the A229 was key in local and strategic journeys,
with an estimated 68,000 vehicle movements per day. Options one and
two would involve the same improvement works; widening of the
south-bound carriageway of the A229 to three lanes, enlarging the
Running Horse Roundabout to the West and the improvement of the
slip road onto the M20 Eastbound from the Cobtree roundabout. Option three would produce
further changes, whereby Junction 6 of the M20 would be redesigned
to provide a new grade separate junction. It was expected that a
preferred option would be announced by KCC in Spring 2021 and cost
£142million. Completion of any work would coincide with the
opening of the Lower Thames Crossing in 2027.
supported the draft responses attached and it was noted that the
Boxley Ward Members supported option 3.
the content of the Kent County Council ‘A229 Blue Bell Hill
Junction Improvement Scheme’ consultation be noted, and the
Council’s response as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be
approved for submission.